By Nidhi Pathak, Bollywood Trade News Network
Karan Razdan's UMAR deals with a very sensitive issue concerning elderly people who are ill-treated. UMAR is an anecdote revolving around three men portrayed by Prem Chopra, Satish Kaushik and Kader Khan, who are in search of their lost identity.
The story is narrated in a very insightful manner keeping all possible emotions of the elders in mind. These three men are staying in London with their children and their family; three of them are mistreated. Not only this, they have also given their hard-earned money to their children, thinking that they all can live a peaceful life. But instead, they become dependent on their sons for every single penny. One can say that their condition is like a domestic servant.
Having no one to take care of them, the three share their gashing pains with each other. While strolling in the park one day they come across a young man Shashank (Jimmy Shergill) an ideal son for any parents but unfortunately an orphan. Shashank works as a part-timer at a nightclub, which is owned by Emily Clark. Emily tries to seduce Shashank for physical intimacy; but he refuses as, he loves only Sapna (Shenaz Treasurywala).
UMAR captures the audiences when Emily is found murdered and Shashank is suspected for the same. This further worsens Shashank's love life as Sapna also considers him guilty. But on the other end Prem Chopra, Kader Khan and Satish Kaushik firmly believe that Shashank is innocent. The struggle of old men to prove Shashank's innocence becomes the most interesting part of the story.
The music scored by Shameer Tandon is average. Manna Dey's title track and Jagjit Singh's ghazal, though well-sung fail to move the audience.
Overall, the film was an attempt to portray the true picture of the senior citizens' agony and dereliction. Such issues were well tackled in films like SANTAN, SWARG and the recent BAGHBAN. The performances by Prem Chopra, Kader Khan and Satish Kaushik are noteworthy. Jimmy Shergill has given an impressive performance, while Shenaz needs to hone on acting skills. The Director has tried to handle a few sequences deftly but lacks the luster. Moreover, the climax of the film doesn't have the ideal emotional hit.